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As part of a plan to boost the nation’s economy, the Turkish government recently set a goal of an employment rate of 35% for women by 2023, reports cistranfinance.com. The employment rate for women in Turkey as of 2012 was 29.5% according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The goal, defined as an objective for Turkey’s centennial as part of the “National Employment Strategy 2014-2023,” would aid Turkey in becoming the 10th largest global economy. Also known as the 2023 Vision, it marks the establishment of the Republic of Turkey.
Turkey’s female employment rate is far below the OECD average of 57% and less than half of the Turkish male employment rate, which stood at 69% in 2012. According to the OECD, Iceland topped its 2012 female employment list with 78.5% female employment, followed by 73.8% in Norway.
Gulden Turktan, President of The Women Entrepreneurs’ Association (KAGIDER) in Turkey, said: “The first reason [for] women not being in labour force is our rooted social belief that they should stay at home and care for their family.”
To counter such beliefs, members of the Women Entrepreneurs’ Association will travel around Turkey to organise meetings encouraging women to work and have confidence in themselves. The Turkish Employment Agency is also supporting the goal by offering women training courses in numerous fields; including computer management, programming, and sales.